Bat strikes in the Australian aviation industry

Parsons, Jennifer G., Blair, David, Luly, Jon, and Robson, Simon K.A. (2009) Bat strikes in the Australian aviation industry. Journal of Wildlife Management, 73 (4). pp. 526-529.

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Bat collisions are a threat to commercial and military aircraft in Australia. We examined bat strike records from Australia during 1996–2006 and found that risk of impact from bats is increasing, is greatest in tropical versus temperate regions, and is more likely during early evening and while an aircraft is landing rather than departing. Temporal patterns of bat strikes differ from those of birds, highlighting the need to employ taxon-specific management strategies to minimize animal impacts on the aviation industry. The use of genetics for identification of strike remains and the implementation of nocturnal survey techniques by wildlife managers at airports will contribute to the mitigation of bat strikes.

Item ID: 4809
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1937-2817
Keywords: aircraft; Australia; aviation; bat strike; flying-fox; human safety; Pteropus spp.; risk mitigation; wildlife damage management; wildlife strike; tropical biology
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2009 00:43
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060208 Terrestrial Ecology @ 10%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1507 Transportation and Freight Services > 150701 Air Transportation and Freight Services @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management @ 40%
SEO Codes: 88 TRANSPORT > 8803 Aerospace Transport > 880302 Air Passenger Transport @ 10%
88 TRANSPORT > 8803 Aerospace Transport > 880303 Air Safety @ 90%
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